Lasers have been used widely for decades for human medicine and cosmetic care. Today, people use lasers for everything from long-term hair removal to teeth whitening. So it’s not surprising that lasers have also found a place in veterinary clinics. If your pet needs surgery, talk to the veterinarian about whether laser surgery is an option.
Laser surgery causes less pain than traditional surgery.
As a pet caretaker, it’s heartbreaking to see your beloved animal go through something as traumatic as surgery. And the inability to communicate with your pet means that you can’t know for sure how much discomfort he or she is in. One of the top benefits of laser surgery for your dog or cat is less pain. As the laser makes precise cuts in the skin and tissue, it cauterizes the nerve endings. This reduces the pain signals sent from the operative site to the brain.
Laser surgery can lead to a faster, easier recovery.
Pets who have laser surgery can recover faster than those who have traditional surgery. This is due to many factors, including the reduced potential for bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Plus, lasers are far more precise than traditional surgical instruments. This means there is only negligible impact on the healthy tissues that surround the operative site. And a faster recovery means that your pet can get back to enjoying life sooner.
Laser surgery can reduce the risk of an infection.
Veterinarians take significant precautions to prevent an infection during surgery, regardless of which surgical technique they’re using. But no matter how carefully the tools are sterilized, the pet’s tissue will still contain microorganisms that can lead to an infection of the surgical site. Laser surgery reduces this risk because, as the laser focuses energy on the tissue, it sterilizes the area.
Horizon Animal Hospital is pleased to offer cutting-edge treatments to pets in the Scottsdale area, including laser surgery. We also feature an onsite laboratory, imaging capabilities, and pharmacy for your convenience. You can reach our friendly, compassionate staff at (480) 800-4559 with any questions you may have.